Book review: The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton

Friday, July 3, 2020 Permalink

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton, released in 2018, came as a bit of surprise and I enjoyed it far more than I expected. I comment in that review that it offered something a bit new. Something fresh.

Hamilton’s new novel, The Last Wife is similarly twisty. Again she gives us an unreliable narrator (who we grow to like, or at least understand), a support cast who have their own secrets and adds in a few twists when we think we’re on the home stretch.

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four-stars

Book review: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Permalink

The cover of Harriet Tyce’s debut novel, Blood Orange, is alluring and slightly confronting. I would most certainly pick it up if I saw it on a shelf and knew nothing else about the book.

It’s a novel featuring an unreliable narrator and a book that surprised me. I think was expecting more of a legal procedural, but this book is as much about Alison, the Barrister representing a woman accused of murdering her husband, as it is the defendant and the crime in question.

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four-stars

Book review: And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott

Monday, November 12, 2018 Permalink

This twisty book opens with the discovery of two bodies before flipping back three months when – with a few memory scenes added in – we progress in real time. And so we know how… And So It Begins, ends. #seewhatIdidthere

I usually HATE knowing the conclusion / whodunnit in advance. I like to guess, but happily (here), though we kinda know what happens, we don’t know how it happens. Or why.

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three-half-stars

Book review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Permalink

I must admit I was feeling a bit reticent when I started this book. I’d read the blurb and there was a bit of media around its release but I wasn’t sure I could be bothered with another bunny-boiling spurned lover.

However… The Perfect Girlfriend starts off a bit differently than expected and it kinda sets the scene for the rest of the book.

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four-stars